Originally posted by Illusionsaregrander
Sure we are "worthy" of life as a species. If worthy is even the issue. But lets say it is.
Like our fellow animals we are selfish, not so bright, and obsessive pleasure seekers. We arent doing anything most other creatures do not do, in
their own way, to the degree they are able. So we are no different really from the other life forms we know.
Because of a few quirks of fate, we are simply able to be selfish, rather stupid pleasure seekers on a scale most other animals are not. And so we
are making a rather large splash.
And when we die as a species, we are "worthy" of that too. Or if rather than die, we evolve, we will be worthy of that too.
We are worthy of precisely what we have.
If we cannot figure out how to avoid committing species-suicide, then we will be worthy of the death we get.
We don't need a committee to decide to pull the plug. Of course, if we let such a committee do such a thing, then we are also wort... well you get
In my opinion, the only way out is for enough people to come full-circle back to old-school spirituality and see the value of self-denial.
We're at a point in time when this is theoretically possible, as regular, accepted, "vanilla" mainstream science currently has those answers, but
people don't want to look at them. In brief: We are animals, and animal instinct is to seek pleasure and avoid pain. That kept things running
smoothly for most of geologic history, until we arrived on the scene. The problem with us is we were smart enough to abuse this instinctual system:
we can all but eliminate pain from everyday life, and we can technologically distill just about any kind of pleasure imaginable (candy is an example
of distillation of the pleasure of eating the simple carbohydrates found in a fruit). But what does the brain do when a habit is established? It
adapts. In short, we are rendering ourselves hypersensitive to pain and insensitive to pleasure.
What does this mean for species survival? Well, for example, when your country is willing to go to war so people can avoid the inconvenience of
modifying their lives based on a reduced supply of a flammable liquid, what "button" would be enough to make them go nuclear? (Don't like this
example because of your political persuasion? Fine, but that misses the point. I can come up with many more. It's not about oil; it's about our
collective psychology and the dangers it poses.)
The whole West is peopled largely by depressed, empty, terrified, paranoid complainers. This wretched mass has weapons that can destroy the world,
and its discontent is growing every generation. In 50 years when the society is governed by avowed nihilists, what becomes of MAD?
Materialist scientists have discovered what ancient mystics who looked inside themselves have known all along. It just hasn't occurred to them yet.
I guess they're too worried about tenure or the next grant. It's kind of funny: they've figured it out; now they have to figure out that they've
figured it out.
Oh well. Amor fati
. Things are gonna happen. Might as well love it.
edit on 27-2-2011 by NewlyAwakened because: (no reason given)